The French Riviera Sights

Place Garibaldi

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Published 06/25/2015

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Encircled by grand vaulted arcades stuccoed in rich yellow, the broad pentagon of this square could have been airlifted out of Turin. In the center, the shrine-like fountain sculpture of Garibaldi seems to be surveying you as you stroll under the very attractive arcades and lounge in the surrounding cafés. An antiques market takes over the square on Saturday mornings. If you hear jackhammers, look no further than Rue Catherine-Séguarane where work on Nice's second tram line has started.

If you’re up for an underground excursion, take a tour of La crypte archéologique de Nice—a half-acre underground chamber, located beneath Place Garibaldi. Opened in 2012, it can be explored via steel walkways. The site contains the remains of a 14th-century tower and aqueduct that were hidden underground for hundreds of years. When Nice's tram system was being built at the beginning of this century, excavators discovered medieval structures that had been razed by Louis XIV in 1706

and promptly forgotten. The Centre du Patrimoine (Heritage Center) offers 55-minute tours (€5), which must be booked at 1 place Pierre Gautier (04–92–00–41–90). Place Jacques Toja, the meeting point, is just before Place Garibaldi. Bring "sensible shoes," as heels can't be worn in the crypt. Tours run Tuesday–Sunday at 2, 3, and 4.

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Pl. Garibaldi, Nice, 06300, France

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Published 06/25/2015


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